All Ministry of Agriculture boards are dissolved, says Lubinda

 

AGRICULTURE Minister Given Lubinda has disclosed that he dissolved the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) board of directors and all the other boards under his ministry and would in the next few weeks be announcing the members of the new boards.

Mr Lubinda said he dissolved all the boards under the Ministry of Agriculture about three months ago and was in the process of constituting new boards.

Mr Lubinda said in an interview yesterday that he had dissolved the FRA board, the Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia (NCZ), the Tobacco Board of Zambia (TBZ) the Diary Board of Zambia and the Cotton Development Trust board.

He said the Ministry of Agriculture had about eight boards and that all of them had been dissolved after serving their full terms.

He disclosed that some of the boards in the Ministry of Agriculture had been in existence since 1980 and that its members kept having their contracts renewed in perpetuity.

Mr Lubinda said he should have announced the members of the new boards after the last cabinet meeting but that the process of vetoing names of the proposed members often took a long time.

He explained that the names of the proposed new members of the boards in the Ministry of Agriculture were supposed be critically scrutinized and cleared by the State security wings and he was hopeful that at the next Cabinet meeting, the names could be approved.

Mr Lubinda was reacting to complaints that without the board at FRA, the agency was at risk of being mismanaged.

“I dissolved the Food Reserve Agency along with several other boards under the Ministry of Agriculture. Before the Ministry was split into two, we had about eight boards which included NCZ, Tobacco Board of Zambia, GATS, Diary Board of Zambia and the Cotton Development Trust among others. They had served their full terms and in fact some of the boards had been there since 1980 and members kept oh having the contracts renewed in perpetuity. Within the next two week, I should be announcing the members of the new boards subject to ratification by Cabinet,” Mr Lubinda said.

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